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122nd IFA Shiled commence from July 5

KOLKATA: The 122nd edition of the IFA Shield is slated to begin from July 5, 2018 in Kolkata. This year’s IFA Shield will not feature any foreign teams.

First held in 1893, IFA Shield is one of the oldest tournament of the country and the fourth oldest of the world, but gradually lost it’s glamour and relevance since the turn of the decade, and from 2015 the organizers of the tournament, the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) decided to make it an Under-19 tournament.

Eight teams are divided into two groups and the top two teams from each group will progress to the semifinals which are slated to be played on July 15 and 16 respectively, with the showpiece final to be held on July 19. Matches will be played at Barasat Stadium, East Bengal Ground and Mohun Bagan Ground.

East Bengal, FC Pune City, Mohammedan Sporting Club and ATK are clubbed in Group A while Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Tata Football Academy and the winner of the qualifying round make up Group B.

The qualifying round for the IFA Shield is starts from June 26 with a total of 13 teams. FC Pune City were the winners of the tournament last time around.

Mohun Bagan confer ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ on Subrata Bhattacharya


KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan celebrated the Mohun Bagan Day on Saturday, to commemorate the 106th anniversary of their historical victory in the IFA Shield final against British team East Yorkshire Regiment on 29th July 1911. Mohun Bagan has been celebrating the day every year since 2001.

On the occasion Mohun Bagan conferred their highest honor ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ on club legend Subrata Bhattacharya, while former Bengal Ranji captain Shyam Sundar Mitra received the Lifetime achievement award.

Bhattacharya has spent his entire 17-year (1974–1990) playing career in Mohun Bagan. He also captained the team in 1977 and under his captaincy Mohun Bagan won the triple crown and became the first club to do so. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1989.

After a successful playing career, the defender turned to coaching and guided Mohun Bagan to every major domestic title, including two National Football Leagues. He has also coached East Bengal, Tollygunge Agragami, Southern Samity, United Sports Club and Bhawanipore FC.

Meanwhile, Balwant Singh was awarded the Late Karuna Shankar Bhattacharya award for Best Footballer of the year 2016/17, while Deep Saha was awarded the Best Young Football Player award.

The Best Cricketer of the year award was given to Debabrata Das, who played an integral part for Mohun Bagan Cricket team in the recently concluded cricket season, while special awards were given to Jhulan Goswami, the leading wicket taker in women’s one-day internationals and athlete Lily Das.

The Club also felicitated mountaineers Sheikh Sahabuddin and Kuntal Karar for successfully scaling the World’s Highest Peak Mount Everest in May, beside giving Birth centenary award to Dinanath Roy posthumously.

Further, Mohun Bagan donated Rs. 1 Lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the relief work of flood affected people in West Bengal.


Kalu Ogba pens Mohammedan SC deal

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club has completed their foreigner quota for the forthcoming Calcutta Football League, after signing Nigerian midfielder Kalu Ogba Nnanna.

The experienced play-maker joins the Black Panthers after spending the previous season at Southern Samity and teams up with Aser Pierrick Dipanda and Richard Agwu Somtochukwu in the foreigner triad.

Known for his dogged displays in the middle of the park, Kalu can dictate the play both in attack and defense which shall immensely benefit the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side.

Welcoming Kalu to the club, Mohammedan Sporting General Secretary Ghazal uz Zafar said: “Kalu comes with a lot of experience that will be very handy for us in the season ahead.”

“We have been keeping an eye on him, and with Southern Samity, he had a positive impact on their performance and we hope he will do even better with our club. We are glad to have him on our side and I wish him the best of luck,” he added.

Kalu began his Indian sojourn in 2007, when he joined Churchill Brothers from Nigeria-based Fadam United FC and helped the Red Machines win the I-League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup and the Goa Professional League once during his stay.

In 2010, Kalu switched his allegiance to Dempo Sports Club, before joining Sporting Clube de Goa next season. Kalu stayed at Sporting for four seasons and finished as the top goal scorer for the Panjim-based club twice in I-League.

Shillong Lajong brings back Penn Orji, completes foreign signings

Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC have re-signed the versatile Nigerian midfieder Penn Orji ahead of the forthcoming I-League 2015-16.

The 24-year-old will be joined by Yusuke Yamagata, Uilliams Souza and Fábio Pena to complete the foreign signings of the NorthEast outfit.

With two Federation Cups, two IFA Shields and three Calcutta Football Leagues under her belt, the Nigerian will add plenty of experience to the Lajong midfield.

Penn has been playing in India successfuly for the last 7 years with JCT, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Kerela Blasters, 2014 Indian Super League runners-up.

During his stint at Lajong last season, Penn played a significant role and was also one of the fittest players in the squad. Lajong coaching Staff and management understood the importance of having a player with a considerable amount of I-League experience and hence, the club signed him for the second consecutive year.

“Penn is a player with good I-League experience. He performed really well in all the matches when he joined last year.” Lajong Head Coach Thangboi Singto said.

“We needed someone of his (Penn) calibre in central midfield. He contributes a lot both in attack and defence. We expect him to lead from the middle, front and back and we welcome him back to the home of Lajong.” He added further.

Lajong will start their campaign in I-League 2015-16 against Mumbai FC on Sunday at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.

IFA Shield Final: Azaharuddin scores double as United SC beat East Bengal to lift the 119th IFA Shield


Barasat, Kolkata: Azaharuddin Mallick claimed double as United SC U-19 clinched the 119th edition of IFA Shield with a clinical 2-1 win over East Bengal U-19 in the final played at Vidayasagar Krirangan in Barasat here on Sunday (31st May) afternoon.

In a match where the teams had almost equal share of possessions Azaharuddin Mallick put United SC into lead in the 21st minute, only for Arup Roy to score the leveller for East Bengal in the 61st minute but a late strike from Azaharuddin in the 84th minute saw United SC lifted the IFA Shield title twice in three years.

United SC made a bright to the proccedings and thought they were ahead in the 5th minute but Jagannath Oraon failed to put his team in front from the spot, however United SC did not regreat much about the missed opportunity as Azaharuddin Mallick scored the leading goal in the 21st minute, while after conceding East Bengal pressed hard for the equaliser but led by Provat Larkra, the United SC defence did some brilliant work to keep East Bengal attackers at bay for remainder of the half.

After change of ends, East Bengal gradually gained control over the proceedings, were rewarded in the 61st minute when Arup Roy restored the parity for Red & Gold Brigade. Thereafter East Bengal placed a flury of attacks but failed to score the elusive goal.

In the meantime United SC did create some scoring chances but failed to convert with Sandip Bhattacharjee and Azaharuddin Mallick upfront.

Just when it seemed that the match would be going into the extra-time Azaharuddin Mallick struck the IFA Shield winning goal for United SC in the 79th minute.

U-19 East Bengal XI:
Tanumay Das (GK) (1), Chattu Mondal (C) (2), Ankit Mukherjee (3), Hira Mondal (4), Indrajit Das (5), Enjamul Hoque (6), Arup Roy (8), Swaruk Hossain (14), Somnath Nayek (15), Mainak Deb (9), Achinta Ghosh (25)

U-19 United SC XI:
Subham Roy (GK) (1), Sujay Oraon (12), Subrata Lohar (4), Manotosh Chakladar (28), Provat Lakra (5), Dinesh Bhagat (26), Sona Sardar (16), Jagannath Oraon (C) (7), Sandip Bhattacharjee (15), Laxmikanta Mandi (20), Azaharuddin Mallick (22)

Man of The Match: Jagannath Oraon (United SC)

Man of The Tournament: Azaharuddin Mallick (United SC)

IFA Shield Final Preview: East Bengal take on a determined United SC


Kolkata: 2014-15 IFA Shield (U-19) Final promises be a fascinating encounter of football as the only unbeaten side in the competition East Bengal U-19 will be facing United SC U-19, who scored most number goals in the tournament, here on Sunday afternoon at Barasat Stadium.

On the scale of performances so far, nothing much separates the two sides as both United Sports Club and East Bengal reached to the final after beating strong opponents in the semifinals. United SC who carved out a 4-0 victory against Pune FC in the semi-final, while East Bengal edge the current holders Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1 to see themselves in the final.

East Bengal will be bothered by the fact that the junior purple brigade holds the upper hand in their earlier encounters of the season in U-19 I-League, where Partha Sen’s boys won and drew their matches against East Bengal, however going into the final East Bengal will have some momentum as they beat United SC 1-0 in their group stage clash of the tournament.

East Bengal, who are the winners of the 2014 IFA Shield, will thus be looking to better their record. The Red & Golds will enter the record books if they can managed to win the IFA Shield tomorrow at Barasat Stadium as they will become the first team to have won the Shield in all the five venues where the final of IFA Shield have been held so far, Mohun Bagan Ground, East Bengal Ground, Eden Gardens, Saltlake Stadium and Barasat Stadium. Coach Tarun Dey is optimistic despite the fact that the U-19 side will be playing United Club U-19 on artificial turf for the very first time. Although there are a few niggles the U-19 squad are looking forward to their triumph in the summit clash tomorrow.

Having scored 11 goals in 3 matches, the winners of the 2013’s edition of the tournament United SC, will be looking to regain the title with  their junior team, under Partha Sen who said; “We know how to measure ourselves and we know it’s important to be maintained the performance, We’re going in to the final clash through playing consistent good football and I believe football should be playing passing.”

IFA Shield Final: United SC to face East Bengal

Kolkata: U-19 United SC rode on Azaharuddin Mallick’s hattrick to prevail over U-19 Pune FC 4-0 in the semifinal of ongoing IFA Shield (U-19) 2014-15 at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata here on Tuesday (26th May) afternoon.

In a dominant display of passing football, Azaharuddin Mallick netted a hattrick for United SC while the other goal came through Sk. Azaruddin.

Pune FC made a bright start, putting the United SC defence completely on the backfoot junior red lizards enjoyed more of prossessions in the first quarter of the match, however surviving some early pressure United SC gradully gained controal over the proceedings, were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Azaharuddin Mallick scored from a conuter attack to put his team 1-0 up.

The goal appeared to wake Pune FC up, as then Naushad Moosa’s boys started to come more into game with a series a attacks but failed to convert through Farukh Choudhary and Arif Shaik upfront.

Thus the first-half came to a conclusion with United SC leading by a solitary goal.

Pune FC who were hoping to stage a comeback after the change of ends but instead suffered a huge blow when their captain Altamash Sayed got his marching orders from referee Jibon Gogoi in a controversial way following a foul on Provat Lakra in the 49th minute.
Thereafter, a even attacking United SC side increased their lead to 3-0 through 62nd and 76th minute strikes from Azaharuddin Mallick.

Though a 10-man Pune FC kept pressing hoping for a miracle comeback but the United SC thwarted them each time when they tried to construct a move.

In the 83rd minute Sk. Azaruddin who came from bench put the final in the coffin courtesy some slpppy work from Tanmay Bhattacharjee under the bar for Pune FC.

 After the match United SC coach Partha Sen said, “It was some special effort put by the boys to beat a strong team like Pune FC with such each, we did expect for a win but a 4-0 win is beyond our expections. However the match against Pune FC is past now, and from a step away lifting the title we only want focus on the job in hand”.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Azaharuddin Mallick (United SC)

Elsewhere, in other semi-final played at the East Bengal Club Ground, U-19 East Bengal edge past U-19 Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1.

It was Mohammedan who took the lead through a penalty converted by Sanu Hazra in the 18th minute, only for Enjamul Hoque to restore the parity for East Bengal in the 49th minute and a 53rd minute strike from Ankit Mukherjee settled the issue for East Bengal.

East Bengal and United SC will lock horns in the final on Sunday at Barasat Stadium.

MAN OF THE MATCH:  Rudrajit Majumdar (Mohammedan SC)

IFA Shield: Wasteful Pune FC held goalless by Mohammedan

Kolkata: Wasteful Pune FC were hold a barren goalless draw against Mohammedan Sporting Club U-19 in their Group-B enconter of ongoing IFA Shield (U-19) 2014-15 at East Bengal Club Ground here on Monday (25th May) afternoon.

The draw ensured that Pune FC would be going through into the semifinals as champions from Group-B, meanwhile Mohammedan SC did qualify as runners-up.

Going into the match Pune FC coach Noushad Moosa made six changes into the starting line-up whereas Mohammedan also made two changes in thier team.

Pune FC who sealed a semifinal berth in their previous match against Mohun Bagan, made a slow start to the proceedings with conunter attacks from lose balls. Mohammedan were marginally ahead of Pune with some quality football from the wings through Asif Hossain and Sanu Badhak. However the best chance of the half went in Pune’s way but Farukh Choudhary’s shot from the edge of the box missed the target for couple of inches.

Therefor the teams went into half-time locked goalless.

Pune FC strated the second-half with much more positive intent as the junior red lizards created a host of chances through Arif Shaikh and Sanchayan Samaddar but the Mohammedan defenders reacted well to keep Pune FC at bay to notch up a point out of the fixture.

Both Pune FC and Mohammedan SC will be facing United SC U-19 and East Bengal U-19 respectively in the semifinals tomorrow at Mohun Bagan and East Bengal Ground.


U-19 Mohammedan SC XI: Rudrajit (GK), Sanu, Subhankar, Sourav, Asif (Rathindra) (C), Chintu, Subhasis, Muslim, Kamal, Diptanu, Mobasir


U-19 Pune FC XI: Sukhadev (GK) (C), Manoranjan, Tarif, Jesmon, Pradesh (Altamash), Sanchayan, Asish (Balkar), Yasir, Farukh (Sannik), Arif, Prakash

IFA Shield: Farukh Choudhary netted four as Pune FC ease Mohun Bagan 5-2


Kolkata: Pune FC U-19 secured a semifinal berth in ongoing IFA Shield (U-19) 2014-15 with a comprehensive 5-2 win over Mohun Bagan U-19 in their Group-B clash, held at Mohun Bagan Club Ground here on Saturday (23rd May) afternoon.

Farukh Choudhary netted four times including a first-half hattrick while Chestarpaul Lyngdoh scored the other one for Pune FC, on other hand Pintu Mahata and Vivek Singh found the back of the net for Mohun Bagan.

Pune FC made a aggressive start to the proccedings and got the breakthrough as early as the 3rd minute from Farukh Choudhary, However it only took two minutes for Mohun Bagan to restore the parity through Pintu Mahata.

The goal did not upset Pune FC’s rhythm as Naushad Moosa’s boys regained the lead in the 6th minute through Farukh Choudhary, but once again Mohun Bagan responded immediately with a 9th minute equaliser from Vivek Singh.

After watching their lead denied twice, Pune FC pressed even harder on the rival defence. Pune FC were eventually rewarded in the 22nd minute with a goal from Chestarpaul Lyngdoh, who cost all kind of troubles for the Mohun Bagan defence running from the right side.

Thereafter it was Pune FC who gained the complete control over the proceedings, and just at the stroke of half-time Farukh Choudhary completed his well deserved hattrick.

Thus the referee L. Priyobarta Singh blew the half-time whistle with Pune FC leading 4-2.

The match resumed after break with momentum still on Pune’s side, as only two minutes into the half Pune FC made the scoreline 5-2 in their favour from a opportunistic strike through Farukh Choudhary.

Though Pune FC dominated the much of second-half with a host of attacks putting the Mohun Bagan on the backfoot, Pune FC were unable to increase the scoreline due to some brilliant defending from Mohun Bagan.

Pune FC will face Mohammedan Sporting Club U-19 next, on Monday at East Bengal Club Ground.


U-19 Mohun Bagan XI: Debnath (GK) (Omar) Anirban, Tarun, Krishanu, Diganta, Tabrez, Pintu (C), Prosenjit, Amarendu, Vivek, Asish (Nilesh)

U-19 Pune FC XI: Tanmay (GK), Asheer (Tarif), Myron, Manoranjan, Sannik, Pradeesh, Altamash (C), Sanchayan (Prakash), Chestarpaul, Farukh, Arif (Yasir)

Image: Ajay Majumder

IFA Shield: Surojit Roy’s first-half goal seals semi-final berth for East Bengal


Kolkata: East Bengal U-19 produced a clinical performance to beat Football Association of Odisha (FA0) Academy 1-0 in their Group-A encounter of IFA Shield (U-19) 2014-15 played at East Bengal Club Ground here on a hot and humid Friday (22nd May) afternoon.

The all important goal came in the first-half through Surojit Roy which was enough to take East Bengal into the semifinals as group champions.

Scoreline did not reflect East Bengal’s domination in the match where FAO Academy got their only corner in the 84th minute. It was one those matches which East Bengal could have won with a much bigger margin, if the chances were converted. East Bengal started strongly, but were unable to found the breakthrough mainly due to lack of accuracy from their strikers in front of FAO Academy goalmouth.

However East Bengal did get the elusive goal in the 30th minute from Surojit Roy which was enough to seal a semifinal berth for East Bengal U-19 in the 119th edition of IFA Shield.

FAO Academy will face United SC U-19 next on Sunday at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata, and the winner of the match will see themselves in the semifinals aswell.


East Bengal XI: Tanumay (GK), Chattu (C), Ankit, Hira, Indrajit, Enjamul, Arup, Swaruk, Somnath, Jalal, Surojit

FAO Academy XI: Soumya (GK), Rudraprasad (C), Srinath, Susanta, Rajanikanta, Iswar, Rajesh, Bikash, Bhabagrahi, Bijay, Sashikanth


Images: Ajay Majumder